It’s enough to prompt a deeper dive into Pitt’s sartorial reinvention over the past few years. For while it’s a truth universally acknowledged that Brad Pitt is one of the world’s most stylish men, his breezy, seemingly effortless approach to fashion can sometimes see him fly under the radar. Revisiting his breakout period in the 1990s, there are plenty of perennial fashion delights to be found, from the black leather jackets he favored while dating Gwyneth Paltrow, to the boxy tailoring that became his preference for red carpet events, to the buttery-soft tees and Maharishi cargo pants he favored during the Jennifer Aniston era.
But in recent years, he’s moved into more experimental territory, embracing brands as wide-ranging as Comme des Garçons, Rick Owens, and The Elder Statesmen, while also collaborating on a capsule collection with the Italian tailoring house Brioni titled BP Signature, filled with plenty of Pitt favorites, including cashmere polo sweaters and sports jackets. (He also recently became a silent partner in the shirt brand God’s True Cashmere, selling—you guessed it!—cashmere button-downs.) As the years have passed, Pitt’s tastes have leaned increasingly towards the artisanal. He reportedly loves Paul Harnden, dubbed “fashion’s most reclusive designer” by GQ, and his loyalty to the Venice Beach hatmaker Nick Fouquet is also well known.
It makes sense, then, that Pitt would be ready to step out of his comfort zone (or indeed, step into an even greater sense of comfort) by embracing the red carpet skirt. It’s a trend that seems to be gaining momentum, with Pitt following in the steps of Oscar Isaac’s Thom Browne number at the Moon Knight premiere earlier this year, Pete Davidson’s recent Met Gala look, or Lil Nas X’s Virgil Abloh-designed Louis Vuitton tartan skirt on Jimmy Fallon last year. (The sheer number of men embracing skirts on the red carpet in recent months is almost too numerous to count.)